Issues

Jobs Issues

Jobs

Our district needs a comprehensive economic plan with Federal and State officials working together. We need an economic development push in underserved areas which would provide quality new jobs. We need to support retraining programs for displaced and aging workers. Too often displaced workers end up underemployed once they secure new employment. This is especially true with veteran workers. I also believe the federal minimum wage should be subject to annual cost of living adjustments.

Healthcare Issues

Healthcare

I will fight to preserve the protections established under the Affordable Care Act. Our community needs to know that those with pre-existing conditions, those in our community between the ages of 50-64, and young adults 26 and under will have access to their current plans. We also need to explore new and innovative ideas that could bring down insurance and prescription drug costs.

Social Security & Medicare Issues

Medicare and Social Security

We must fulfill our promise to our seniors. I will fight to preserve Medicare and Social Security. As Americans, we have paid into these programs our entire lives and rely on them for a secure retirement.

Education Issues

Education

The price of higher education and vocational training programs is becoming unreachable for many. We need to work on making educational opportunities reachable for all. We need more transparency and oversight in the current student loan program system.

Common Sense Gun Safety Solutions

Our society has experienced far too many episodes of gun violence. Our families and children need to feel safe. Being a native of Kansas, I have a strong respect for our 2nd Amendment right. Kansas has a long tradition of owning guns for hunting, sport, and self-protection. History has recognized that there are reasonable limitations to that right. I support keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and those suffering from serious mental illness. I also support closing the gun show loophole for background checks. Lastly, technology has surpassed our current laws. I am for reinstating the assault weapons ban.

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